Romney senior adviser Kevin Madden said:

And Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul tweeted, with a little extra emphasis:

If that pace keeps up, the Romney campaign would be on pace to dwarf previous fundraising efforts by either campaign.

The Romney campaign raised $170 million in September, nearly matching President Obama's $181 million haul and far surpassing his previous record, an August effort that brought in just under $112 million.

September was the second consecutive month that the president has bested Romney in fundraising, reversing a trend from earlier in the summer that saw the Republican nominee regularly besting the incumbent president.